The 10 Best Kettle Chip Flavors, an Extra-Crunchy Ranking

The best Kettle chip flavors absolutely burst with intensity. Kettle chips are slow fried, and thus retain a fattening, oil-rich taste with an unmatched crunchiness. Here’s what we, the Sporked staff, think are the top ten Kettle Brand chip flavors.

I don’t want to think about a world without Kettle Brand chips, but they do feel like a relatively new thing in our culture. I don’t remember them being readily available as a kid in the ‘90s or even in the early aughts. They seemingly, just one day out of thin air, barreled their way into grocery stores across the country with a crazy amount of flavors. And the flavor they bring is strong. They’re probably the best widely available chip. You can always count on Kettle to deliver a delicious potato flavor, amazing crunch, and robust flavor. 

For this taste test, we sourced every Kettle chip flavor that we could find. Anything discontinued didn’t make the list. Then we tasted with flavor and flavor alone in mind. Does the flavor match the intended thing it’s meant to represent? Does Korean BBQ actually taste like Korean BBQ? Is the dill pickle flavor reminiscent of a jar of Vlasic spears? That’s what mattered most. So strap in for this list of the best Kettle chip flavors, as I’m sure you’re going to disagree with some of the choices (‘tis only human). 

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Best of the Best

Honey Dijon

No Kettle Brand chip bursts with flavor quite like Honey Dijon. These are just so sweet, tangy, and mustardy. The flavor is almost caramelized—it’s powerfully rich and deliciously savory. Plus, there’s just something about a Kettle chip that holds flavor so darn well. Not for nothin’, but Rhett & Link ranked them the third best Kettle chip, too. We disagree slightly. Honey Dijon brings salt, fat, acid, and a bit of heat. It has it all, which is why it reigns supreme as the best Kettle chip flavor.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best Cheese

Parmesan Garlic

In a word, powerful. The garlic stings your tongue and the Parmesan taste is sharp, nutty, and cheesy. Combine that flavor with a crispy, crunchy Kettle chip and you’ve got yourself a winner. The only reason they’re second here is because some people just aren’t on board with their breath reeking of garlic (who are these people? I ask you—who?!). Honey Dijon has more mainstream appeal. Still, the flavor here is undeniable. It’s bold, beautiful, and pungent—just not the absolute best Kettle chip flavor.

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Barbecue

Organic Country Style Barbeque

This was my first time trying these, and they’re my new chip infatuation. The flavor is smoky and sweet like your typical barbecue chip, but there’s this extra savory, meaty taste that makes the whole thing irresistible. The difference between these and Kettle’s Backyard Barbecue chips? All of the ingredients here are organic, and Country Style leans more into savory (Backyard Barbecue has a small amount of chili pepper). The flavor alchemy is incredible. As a fan of potato chips fried in lard, this gave me the same vibe. Meat chips, baby!

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Peppery

Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper

In my opinion, a flavored chip starts with ground pepper. Salt and pepper is the most basic and important flavor combination on planet earth. All things require it. It’s all you need to season a good steak, too. And the flavor here, combined with the krinkle cut potato chip, is both understated and yet fairly robust. Freshly ground black pepper is one of those flavors that deserves more love. We think it beats jalapeño and habanero. If you’re a person of simple, yet elegant taste, these are the best Kettle chips for you.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Tangy

Sea Salt & Vinegar

Kettle does salt and vinegar chips better than just about everybody, and here they rank fifth—that’s how many dope flavors Kettle has. Incredibly salty and tangy, the crunchy Kettle chip is the perfect vessel for the classic salt and vinegar flavor. The fattiness of the slow-cooked Kettle chip compliments the brightness of the vinegar so damn well. This will ruin your mouth, but hey, maybe you want that.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Bold Flavor

Truffle Oil & Sea Salt Krinkle Cut

Truffle is a potent and very divisive flavor. You either love the earthy funk of it, or you don’t. These are so intensely aromatic and flavorful that they were one of the more addictive Kettle flavors for me, and therefore they were one of the three bags I claimed to bring home (at the end of the day we here at Sporked all put on war paint and fight for products to take home). Like the country barbecue flavor, the savoriness in these chips is off the charts. Pungent is the word for these. Truffle is the best Kettle chip flavor you haven’t tried.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Surprise

Apple Cider Vinegar

I would have ranked these much higher based on my own personal preference. The apple cider vinegar adds a fruity and sweet dimension to the salt and vinegar chip collection. If you are put off by the acidic sting of most salt and vinegar chips, these are for you, my guy. Sweet, salty, and subtly tart, apple cider vinegar Kettle chips are one of my new favorite chip flavors, period. I made sure to take these home after the taste test to gorge in the privacy of my home with the lights off, which is how I do most of my gorging at home. Can’t say enough good things about them.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best for a Sandwich

Dill Pickle

Kettle does dill pickle flavor chips better than most, that’s for sure. They are, perhaps to their detriment, so tangy that they feel like a salt and vinegar chip. The sharpness here is great, and the herbiness is lovely, as well. Acidity jives very well with sturdy and oleaginous Kettle chips. It’s fat and acid and herbs, what’s not to like? Throw these suckers on a sandwich for a crispy, herby, tangy bite.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Hot

Habanero Lime

Personally, I prefer the tangy heat of Habanero Lime Kettle chips to anything in the Flamin’ Hot universe. These chips are acidic without  an overbearing citric acid flavor, and the habanero heat is dry, fruity, and fierce. This is just a well balanced chip packed with salt, fat, acid, and heat. It might seem crazy to you that they rank ninth, but hey, there’s a lot of great Kettle chip flavors out there.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Unique

Pepperoncini

I’m including these on this list to say this: They should taste more like pepperoncini. After tasting the robust sharpness of sea salt and vinegar and dill pickle, pepperoncini simply lacks in the flavor department. That’s a disappointment considering that pepperoncinis are freaking delicious and wonderful! I just had a few out of the jar to get a sense of the incredibly tangy heat, and it makes the Kettle chips pale in comparison. Still, it’s a fine chip, but it is one that I (and staff writer Jordan Myrick) think Kettle should take back into the flavor lab and work on the taste. 

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Rating:

6.5/10

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Rhett & Link’s Pick

It’s no surprise that a Buffalo Wild Wings sauce took Rhett & Link’s #1 spot. We loved them too! The guys thought BWW’s “hot” buffalo sauce was a total crowd-pleaser and perfect in every way.

Other products we tried: Backyard BBQ, Sour Cream & Onion, Hot Jalapeño, Jalapeño, Bourbon BBQ, Korean BBQ, Farmstand Ranch.

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About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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  • How in the world did Jalapeño not even make the list? My absolutely favorite flavor…one of those flavors where the more you eat the better it gets to the point where you have to stop yourself before you devour the bag.

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    • Totally agree. I have to force myself to not eat the entire bag in one sitting with the jalapeño flavor.

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  • Where is Jalapeño? It’s THE number one flavor! Do recommend.

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